Man, oh man, I sure do love to travel. The food, seeing the sights, sampling the local cuisine, meeting people from other walks of life, the food…
I’m detecting a trend here!
The Lychee shave ice from Organic Ice, a little shave ice shack at South Shore on Lake Tahoe
The crab cake sliders from Riva Grill
The sea bass and Thai basil mashed potatoes from Kalani’s
The cheesecake from Kalani’s (yes, I loved Kalani’s)
There’s just something about hitting the open road for a few days and getting out of Dodge, and with every trip I take, I learn new lessons about makeup and beauty, among other things (and re-learn a few lessons that must have slipped my mind).
Like on this last trip to Tahoe, I learned…
1. To squeeze out the air from bags and tubes of beauty products before changing your altitude
It being a road trip and all, I didn’t feel constrained by airline luggage limits, so I kinda let myself go buck wild with my packing.
I kept throwing products into my bag, one after another, without reservation, until it was bursting at the seams! — and I didn’t think anything of it until we arrived at the lake.
Then, doop-da-doo, there I was, getting ready for dinner on the first night when I grabbed a bottle of MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation, twisted off the cap and GLURGH!
On the way to a lookout at the top of the mountain in the Heavenly Gondola
A huge glob of Studio Sculpt squirted all over my hands, the bathroom sink and the tiled floor, and basically continued slowly oozing for the next two minutes.
My first reaction? Tabs! Or evil beauty gnomes. But when I gathered my thoughts, I figured that it was probably due to the change in air pressure. With the air pressure higher at sea level back at home than it was at the lake (6,225-foot elevation), the Studio Sculpt wanted to escape!
The view of the lake from the halfway point up the mountain
NOTE TO SELF: Next time I drive someplace higher in elevation (I think airplanes are pressurized to minimize the effect), I need to remember to squeeze as much of the air out of any tubes and baggies before packing.
2. What goes well with smoke-filled casinos? Answer: dry shampoo!
I’m low level when it comes to gambling and generally steer clear of the table games and regular slots, but I could sit in front of Kitty Glitter for hours with a purse filled with pennies.
Of course, since the casinos in Nevada allow smoking, that means cigarette-scented everything.
Even a quick walk through one of the casinos to save from having to walk around the block was enough to pick up the scent, so I figured, why wash my hair when I know it’s just gonna get smokey? Instead of washing with shampoo every morning and night, I skipped a couple times and “washed” with dry shampoo instead.
Fine powders that you either spray or sprinkle on your hair, dry shampoos soak up excess oil, give your roots a lift and absorb unwanted odors.
The lodge at the top
I brought a travel-sized bottle of Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray on this trip and spritzed it on my roots in the morning before leaving the hotel. After spritzing, I combed it through with a brush and put my hair in a low bun.
It made the smokey scent more bearable and saved me precious Kitty Glitter time in the morning.
3. Wet Ones Wipes are wonderful!
You’ve probably heard this one before, but I think it’s worth mentioning again.
WET ONES WIPES!
Dang, if those little wipes aren’t the handiest things to have on a trip. Among their many uses, they also make great improv brush cleaners.
I like to have at least a few in my purse wherever I go. Perfect for when I finish a marathon game of Kitty Glitter and want to freshen my paws.
Have you taken any road trips this summer? If you did, you must have learned a beauty lesson or two. Care to share?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,